The 4 Vision Fugitives was written in 2007 while I was living in Launceston, Tasmania. I had grown up in Tas and was living there again after completing my undergraduate music degree in Brisbane. To (just) pay the bills I was teaching piano.
My mum had come into some money and rather extravagantly bought a red grand piano. This, coupled with the fact that I was being asked to play the piano in public more often, was the genesis of the Vision Fugitives. I thought it would be appropriate (and cost effective) to write a piece for my mum as a thank-you gift. Also, if the piece was not terribly difficult I could play it when asked to perform.
In the piece(s) I thought it would be fitting to pay homage to some of the 20th century piano music I used to play as a teenager that made me want to compose. The composers and pieces paid tribute to are Béla Bartók, the Five Bagatelles by Australian Carl Vine and the jazz-influenced West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein – I had played the piano part in a production of the latter in year 12.
However, when I hit upon the idea that the left hand would only play the ‘black notes’ of the piano and the right hand the ‘white notes’, more pieces were born. Vision Fugitives I and III are jazz-influenced whereas II and IV are more ‘abstract’ (think less tuneful). This is a new recording of Vision Fugitive III as played by myself.
Although I performed Vision Fugitive I several times while living in Tasmania, the other pieces remain unperformed. I’d always hoped that an intermediate or early-advanced level pianist would play these pieces, and possibly even enjoy the experience. As one really writes for one’s self, I suppose I wrote the pieces for the teenage ‘me’.
Jump cut to 2012. I’m living in Sydney. The scholarship money for my PhD has dried up so I’m teaching piano again (and enjoying it very much). By the time this blog post goes live I will have most likely posted my recording of Vision Fugitive I online (try google). Let me know if you are interested in playing it.
Anthony Moles (b. 1983) is a composer, pianist and educator. His music has been performed by ensembles including The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, The Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic, The Saint Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, The Song Company and The Sydney Symphony Fellows. He is currently completing his PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium. Anthony can be contacted at Amol5979[at]uni[dot]sydney[dot]edu[dot]au.